The Sierra Nevada. I had no idea what this was, until I recently found out that it’s a mountain range in the western US. I found this out because I’m headed there really soon, for some winter-wonderland skiing. (Rich Miser tip: skiing there (especially if you need lessons, like I do) is significantly cheaper than other places; check it out if you’re a skier).
So with that in mind, I was happy to find this brew at, I think, Trader Joe’s. I was looking forward to trying it because I really liked another of this brewer’s creations, the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
In A Nutshell
Beer: Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA
Bottom Line: A strong and robust beer with a pleasant sour taste. Buy only if you like that kind of brew.
Price: Apparently, about $8.49 for a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Origin: Chico, CA and Mills River, NC. The second is not even close to the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Alcohol: 6.8%. Not bad at all!
Looks: A dark glass beer bottle with some winter-cottage decorations; very jolly-looking. The beer itself is a dark amber color.
Smell: Light citrus (orange) smell.
Taste: The Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA has a strongly sour taste, but a good kind of sour. It’s a strong flavor which reminds me of grapefruit peel (like a “dull” grapefruit taste without the sweetness). Still, it’s pleasant, robust, and satisfying, if you’re drawn to that kind of beer taste.
The Sierra Nevada is also very gaseous, and refreshing, but not easy to drink because of the gas and sour taste that lingers on the back sides of the mouth.
Hangover Factor: Nothing unusual. I’m a male in reasonably good health born in 1983.
This is a great beer for those that like strong, sour brews. Drink it at night with a somewhat heavy meal, and expect to get hit with some solid IPA force.
What do you think of Sierra Nevada brews?
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